MUSE choir earns gold medal

July 17, 2012 by  

The MUSE Women’s Choir of Cincinnati took home a gold medal on Friday, July 6. The choir, directed by Catherin Roma, performed at the World Choir Games Female Choirs Champions Competition held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. The performance included a rendition of ‘Circle of Life’ by Elton John. The choir received a standing ovation for its performance from not only the audience but two of the judges in the competition.

Local businesses report increased sales during the time of the competition as choirs worldwide visited the area. A store employee at the gift shop in the Duke Energy Convention Center related:

“Choirs from around the world went nuts over any art from Cincinnati.”

When large competitions such as the World Choir Games are held locally, a number of tourists are often drawn in from around the country. Local businesses may recruit area print companies to provide poster printing, banner printing, and other forms of advertisement at this time to draw in extra business from the increased tourism in the area.

Officials from the World Choir Games also visited the Warren Correctional Institution, located in Lebanon, on Thursday to present the Umoja Men’s Chorus with gold awards for their performance in the Spiritual and Gospel category. The chorus, also led by Roma, performed at the correctional facility in front of a special jury that had specifically traveled to Lebanon to hear it on July 3. This marks the first time a prison choir has performed in the World Choir Games.